Fun, Easy First day of School Activity that your kiddos will LOVE! (and make the whole day a little easier!)



Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)

Ah!  I hate to break it to you, but the first day is coming, and there is nothing we can do to stop it!
That being said, the first day is an exciting, fun, busy day that I can help you make a bit easier!
Hit the Read More button to find out how:
Wow!  The first day of school is a real whirlwind.
I don't know about you, but I like the first day to be as relaxing and fun as possible.
So, I start out the first day with ...
Play Dough!
When the kiddos come in on the first day, I want them to bring in all of their stuff so I can teach them the correct way to use their lockers, where to put their things, etc.
But, what should they be doing while they are waiting for everyone to show up?
The answer is, play with play dough and talk to their classmates!
What a great way for the kiddos to start getting to know each other.
I have been giving the kiddos play dough on the first day of school for years!  They love making things and sharing what they made with their new classmates!
To help facilitate this process I have these great Playdough Party (or Smoosh Station) Mats!
Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)

The mats have suggestions for the things that your students could make (most are pretty open ended) and a spot in the middle for "Freestyle" or make whatever you want!
There are fronts and backs or any combination you would like!
They also come in two sizes, legal and letter.
Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)

Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)
The best part is that I have my kiddos keep their play dough and their mat in their desk for the next few days.  Every time they finish with something and have extra time they already have something to do that is fun, engaging, good for small muscles, and thought provoking!
These mats would also be perfect in your STEM or STEAM centers (or in a "Smoosh" Station) or in your maker space!

If you would like to get this for your classroom, click on the picture below to find it in my store!  Today and tomorrow you can get them for 25% off using the code: BTS2017

Fun, Easy, First Day of School Activity that your kiddos will love (and make your whole day a little easier!)

Even if you don't use the play dough mats, having play dough for your kiddos on the first day of school is a great way to start the year on a positive note!  This also is beneficial at Christmas time, because I like to give the kiddos a can of play dough for Christmas!  They always think back to the first day and remember playing with their dough fondly!
I would love to hear what you do on the first day of school!  Leave me a comment below!


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